• Comedian Ron White may face charges for smoking on stage

    ron_whiteGrammy-nominated comedian Ron White recently played a two-night, sold out stint in Bismarck, ND. Show number 2 featured a distinguished guest: a plain clothes policeman. Police were responding to a letter sent by an audience member of White’s first Bismarck show complaining about White’s smoking of a cigar onstage in the Bismarck venue – which prohibits smoking. The comedian was cited for “smoking in public places prohibited.”

    Cigar smoking is a trademark of White’s persona and act… Does that warrant a pass for the Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran? According to North Dakota news source KXNet, “The charges have been sent to the City Attorney for review.”


    Brendan McLaughlin

    Brendan is a comedian and writer based in Brooklyn, NY.

    17 thoughts on “Comedian Ron White may face charges for smoking on stage

    • May 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

      I am from ND and all I can say is that this happened because of ONE person who sent a letter. 95% of us are embarssed that this is happening and cant believe the BPD would go so far as to send an undercover police officer there. It makes me wonder why I still live in this state.

    • May 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Ron should have put the cigar out in the cop’s butt-cherry. Send that officer out with the meter-maids.

    • May 7, 2009 at 11:12 pm

      OMG people! He broke the law, he should get fined for it. And i am sure that he has enough money to pay. Plus he is a comedian! (shut up i no i cant spell) he can use this as a part of his acts!

    • May 7, 2009 at 7:24 pm

      Cindy… I only decided to leave a comment to tell you to stfu. Who cares about what education he has, its not like his job requires a lot of it.

    • May 7, 2009 at 6:22 am

      Girl, LET IT GO.
      Get some help…ok, we get it. Not only do you not like him, you dislike him so much…apparently you spend all of your spare time reading, researching, etc. the mistakes, illegalities and shortcomings of his life…
      God would you be bored if you ever get around to hating Jesus, Gandhi or Mother Theresa (apparently the only people with whom you want to share your ‘perfect planet’)…..

    • May 7, 2009 at 1:55 am

      Yea and Ron White did not pay his taxes for over 7 years. How many of you can do that? You have to follow the rules, but he does not? He’s not God, he just dumber than a fifth grader. After all he did not make it past the 9th grade. That information is publish and public fact! Like I said – Ron White is a jerk!

    • May 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm

      That is stupid, but a great man once said, “You can’t fix stupid”. Ron should pay the fine and then make another million talking about it. I suppose in this day and age of the ‘offended’ they would have to haul George Burns’ ass off to tobacco jail.

    • May 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

      OMGosh…..Ron…..just pay the fine….and add it to your act!

    • May 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

      Ron White is a jackass. I bet they were trying to catch him smoking dope since he goes around telling everyone he does that out in the open and sticking his tongue out at any rules everyone else has to comply with. He is such an A-hole. That is one of the many reasons why I do not like his routine. If he would act like a normal person maybe he would do much better than what he’s has done so far. All the others have out sold him, got movie deals,etc. etc. Ron White, gets the crumbs. He gets what he earns.

    • May 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      ridiculous citation, but it’s their law…that being said, I’d fight it to hell and back

    • May 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm

      I wonder if Ron could claim his onstage smoking as a “pyrotechnical” aspect of his show and just get whatever permit would be needed before his performance.

    • May 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      That’s retarded, it’s part of his act.

    • May 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      WOW! My question is.. 1st, if you know Ron White, and smoking bothers you, why are you going to his show. 2nd if it did bother you, why didn’t you just say something to club management. And 3rd… a plain clothes policeman “responded?” Are you kidding me? We are wasting money to put someone “undercover” to catch someone smoking on stage? I could have told you he was smoking on stage and I wasn’t even there! I can’t wait to see his next comedy routine. He is going to have a field day with this.

    • May 6, 2009 at 7:04 am

      too bad they did not catch him smoking Pot. I heard he does that backstage.
      Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

    • May 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

      too bad they did not catch him smoking Pot. I heard he does that backstage.

    • May 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

      please, really? i think anything that goes onstage is pretty fair game. maybe at most there should be a warning beforehand, but really? sending a letter? grow up.

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